#JAM 18 - III MetaDecidim Annual Conference: from social to political networks

Next 28 November it will be held the III edition of the Annual Meetings Metadecidim (JAM), the annual assembly of the community of Decidim, the digital platform of participation for cities and organizations.

The event is organized by Barcelona City Hall, CNSC (Technopolitics) research group of the IN3 (UOC), Localret, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Eurecat and aLabs. With the collaboration of Metadecidim, Decidim, Fundació Ferrer i Guàrdia, Ciutat Oberta, Colectic, Open Source Politics and Som Energia.

Under the motto Decidim. From social to political networks, during this meeting will be presented the latest version of Decidim, which incorporates new improvements and features that make it a reference of political network; in turn, the event will serve to present the current state of development of the platform in its three layers (technological, community, political), the most recent success stories of organizations and administrations that use the platform and its main challenges for the future.

The JAM18 are held at a crucial moment for the project. As it has developed as a platform for democratic participation, international interest and its adoption have been growing in various cities. In turn, the project faces a key challenge: to shape a governance model of its Metadecidim community.

The JAM is an opportunity for the Decidim community, citizens and in general anyone connected to the productive ecosystem of Decidim (institutions, companies and social organizations) to meet, discuss and rethink collectively and in an open, transparent and collaborative way the future of Decidim so that each day is more useful for the participatory democracy of cities and organizations around the world.


Mercat de les Flors
c/ Lleida, 59
08004 Barcelona


28/11/2018 9.30h

Organized by

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona City Hall, CNSC (Technopolitics) research group of the IN3, Localret, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Eurecat and aLabs.


This third edition of the JAM is celebrated with the conference of the International Observatory of Participatory Democracy (OIDP) and includes the BCN Democratic Cities session, the international conference that explores the possibilities offered by participation technologies, digital tools and the participatory processes that are transforming the cities and that it takes as motto this year Democratic cities: rethinking the future of the city and social transformation. The event is part of the + Biennal program.

The special guest for this JAM is Heather Leson, a technologist specialized in humanitarian technologies and social entrepreneurship. Leson is a specialist in building collaboration networks, curator of digital spaces, encourages the participation of volunteers and provides training with maps, code and data.

28 November. Barcelona, Mercat de les Flors, c/ Lleida, 59

JAM18  [ 09:30 - 14:00]

9:30  - 10:00 Registration

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome #JAM18. Gala Pin & Fernando Pindado (Barcelona City Hall)

10:15 - 11:15 When we say “open”. Heather Leson (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies)

11:15 - 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 - 13:00 Decidim in 3 layers

  • - Decidim and political participation. Arnau Monterde (Barcelona City Hall) and Carol Romero (Localret)
  • - Decidim: free open source for technoligcal autonomy. Andrés Pereira de Lucena (Asociación Alabs) and Guillem Marpons (free software developer)
  • - Metadecidim: an open, technopolitical and networked community. Nuria Alonso (Colectic) and Pablo Aragón (Universitat Pompeu Fabra & Eurecat)

13:00 - 13:30 Participation with Decidim

  • - Decidim Organizations. Josan Minguela (Fundació Ferrer i Guàrdia)
  • - Participa Som Energia. Yaiza Blanch (Som Energia)
  • - Mon opinion in Belgium. Virgile Deville (Open Source Politics)

13:30 - 13:50 Decidim Future. Elisenda Ortega (Barcelona City Hall) and Xabier Barandiaran (UPV/EHU)

13.45 - 14:00 Closing #JAM18


LUNCH BREAK  [ 14:00 - 16:00]


DEMOCRATIC CITIES BCN  [ 16:00 - 19:30]

16:00 - 16:15 Introduction. Arnau Monterde, Barcelona City Hall

16:15 - 17:00 Opening of Democratic Cities BCN

  • - Gala Pin, Barcelona City Hall
  • - Rukia Lumumba, Jackson People's Assembly

Moderator: Milagros Pérez Oliva, El País

17:00 - 18:00 Democratic governance for social transformation

  • - María Sefidari, Wikimedia Foundation
  • - Claudina Sarahe, Composites Collective
  • - Christian Iaione, Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli

Moderator: Mayo Fuster Morell, Dimmons - IN3/UOC

18:00 - 18:30 Coffee break

18:30 - 19:30 The future of the democratic city: ecofeminisms, commons and technology

  • - Yayo Herrero, Foro de Transiciones
  • - Rubén Martínez, La Hidra
  • - Antonio Calleja-López, Technopolitics - IN3/UOC

Moderator: Laia Forné, Barcelona City Hall

* Please take note that the activity will be in Spanish and English. Simultaneous translation will be available.